RJAM (Roberto ÁLvarez)
We’ll bring together youth workers with experts in video-making (RJAM) and emotional counselling (AlmasMeraki) in order to cover the different dimensions of the project with an interdisciplinary team.
In our fluid world, nothing is stable. Communities are permanently in a state of flow. But, in our changing society, do we take time to meet the people who ARE the change? To get to know their stories? To care for them?
Through emotional coaching and digital storytelling, we aim to create a safe environment to gather the voices and faces of a multicultural local society. Shedding light on their stories will make people feel part of an interactive community that has to be built together.
Oviedo, Asturias region, Spain.
Building up a vital democracy and a unified Europe starts from meeting each other and knowing our stories. When we look at each other and connect through emotions and dreams, we are also engaging for an interconnected society. If we take the stage, WE has to be ALL; leaving no one’s story behind.
Wherever the idea is implemented, people will be more aware of their neighbours’ lives and their own. The recorded stories of its citizens will cross the border of prejudices and portrait the richness of diversity. More will be willing to take the stage and work for a community they belong to.
A sample of the community, representing its cultural variety, is invited to take part in the project. In order to turn the invisible, visible, special attention will be offered to young people with fewer opportunities. Participants will be emotionally supported to bring up the story of their life and put it into words. Likewise they’ll learn how to use media tools to make their story digital and will be empowered to share it. The videos will create a new “map of an interconnected community”.
I myself took part in this kind of process. I experienced the learning potential of becoming aware of your own story and prepare yourself to tell and show it. And I know the bonding effect of sharing it in a community. I want other youngsters to enjoy such opportunity and create a connected society.
At the very centre are young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities, who will be emotionally supported to share their story. At the same time, their network as well as other relevant stakeholders- educators and decision makers- won’t be a passive audience, but rather an active actor.
I’d like to receive feedback about the value and the “valence” they think this idea could have in their own communities, as well as ideas and suggestions from those who have experience in digital storytelling as an inclusive and participatory tool.